France's leading gay rights lobby is denouncing remarks made by President Francois Hollande, France 24 reports:
Hollande stirred controversy on Tuesday by saying that French mayors could opt out of officiating at gay weddings. He invoked the right to "freedom of conscience" after mounting opposition and a huge rally in Paris Saturday against the proposed "marriage for everyone" law.
Hollande's government has come under fire from Catholic groups and the right-wing opposition over the bill.
Mayors were obliged to apply the law if parliament voted to allow gay marriage, said Hollande: but "their options for delegation to deputies could be widened."
Hollande's government insist the comments are not backtracking.